Kyusha Kai


Doin’ Work
June 17, 2012, 12:20 am
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Been putting some time into the wagon… and yes, these are all Instagram photos. I’m too lazy to lug around my camera, so phone pictures will have to do.

She’s currently sitting two inches lower via drop blocks and AGX adjustable Camaro shocks in the rear, and 280zx struts/brakes and Techno Toy Tuning coilovers, camber plates, RCA’s, and tension control rods in the front. I also threw on a set of 15×7 +11 SSR Longchamps that I had in storage with almost new Nexen (cheap-o) tires.

I’m still waiting to install or receive: T3 control arms, T3 tie rods, T3 strut tower bar, Energy Suspension poly sway bar bushings, a new idler arm, 280zx rear disc brakes (with handbrake), an extra leaf to flip and stiffen up the rear, poly and brass leaf pucks (bushings), Goodridge braided brake lines,

I basically bought T3′s entire front end to create the most rugged street wagon possible. My thoughts on T3′s parts: Super beefy and over-engineered for a street car… I will likely never need the strength and adjustability that they offer, but I love knowing that it’s there. The downsides is that the spring is too short for my taste (seven inch spring) so the adjuster is maxed out on the top of the coilover sleeve, but I’m going to get a nine inch spring to offer even greater adjustability. Also, the T3 website doesn’t mention that the strut tower bar interferes with the stock hood prop, but the parts to convert to hood struts should be arriving at my door step any day now.

Just for giggles, I picked up a set of headlight trim, or “visors”, because I saw them on my friend Justin’s old Corolla wagon and loved the look. The chrome is super shiny and makes my trim and grill look like crap though.

I’ve got a bunch more parts coming that will add to the style and functionality of the goon, but alas, she will soon be too well built for that asthmatic L16. Soon enough, the engine build parts hoarding can begin!

 

Oh, and big thanks to the world famous BKH808, Justin, Jordan for helping out with the installs.  Couldn’t have done it without them.



The Dragon
May 9, 2011, 2:14 pm
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Noel’s RA29 is getting some much deserved TLC with a complete teardown. The rims he has waiting for this car is utterly BONKERS! When I last spoke with him, the motor was still undecided and if anyone has any leads on smiley bumpers, hit me up!



Random
February 25, 2011, 3:24 am
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Line up of Hachis at the meet last Sunday.

Justin and Mike’s beautiful 3tc. AC and all.

Then the ice cream truck rolled by…

Rolled with Brice over to our friend Bryson’s house to check out his SR20′ed S13. Due to motor/money problems it’s been sitting for a while and a wasp decided to make it’s home right under the windshield wiper motor. After a few minutes of trying to kill it and looking like fools screaming and running around, we discovered brake cleaner is a great pesticide.

Brice actin’ like a fool.



Shook.
February 19, 2011, 3:02 am
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I didn’t realize my buddy Christian (who owns that SICK EF hatchback) was filming with his GoPro at the meet.

AHHH Stupid Youtube and music copyrights. Check it out on youtube.

Extras and WTF’s coming later.



Sunday 2/13/11 (Kyusha Kai Meet)
February 18, 2011, 1:45 am
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I put together a little BBQ the day after HellaFlush as an excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and trade stories. Great times, good food and sweet cars. It just sucks that Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take as many pictures as I wanted to since I was busy manning the BBQ grill.

Super cool 1959 Datsun 1000. It’s got a real Hot Rod style to it.

My buddy Christian’s EF hatch. He was telling me he had to raise the car and this is his raised height. Haha, crazy kid.

Shakotan Ralph’s Cressida. Absolutely killer.

TE27 Corolla on Centerlines.

Justin and Mike’s 86. I’ve been watching this build on Facebook for a while now and finally getting to see it at HellaFlush and the BBQ was awesome. No shortcuts, it even has AC! Loving the SSRs. I want to buy another set of rims already.

Julian’s new Hachi. Sadly, he sold his Celica Supra but the new project is coming along beautifully.

Sweet 510. Color is awesome. Hayashi Streets are awesome. JDM grill is awesome. This thing is just a whole car full of awesome.

I still want one of these. One day I’ll own one.

I love seeing both of my babies together. I really need to go lower and space out the front of the Z. I don’t know if that’s a good idea though, I’d really mess up my exhaust as I’m already scraping it on big dips and bumps on the road.

I’ve been bit by the car bug lately. Usually I’m too lazy to do anything after I get off of work but lately all I want to do is work on the wagon. Took apart the dashboard to get rid of all the old nasty wiring, cleaned up the engine compartment a little more and started scraping off the deadening.



Saturday 2/12/11
February 15, 2011, 2:50 am
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After sleeping over at Justin’s house and being stuck in the garage for the majority of the night due to pouring rain, the sky cleared up on Saturday for a nice, albeit hot day. We woke up decently early and rolled on over to Aloha Stadium to check out HellaFlush.

It was a really good show with a wide variety of builds and a lot of projects saw their debut.

I finally got to check out Lance Harano’s Sprinter up close. This thing is amazing!

Royden’s Corolla wagon rolling on Watanabes. I think he said 15×9″ -13.

MMM… Rubber.

This black on black Supra kept drawing me back. Targa top with the cage looks TOUGH!

Hachi crew. I love all of their wheels.

Crazy Nissan Hardbody with some Boso looking flares. I saw it another car show with it’s hood open… VQ power baby!

Super clean Toyota truck on some 17″ SSR Reverse Mesh. I want a truck now…

I only took shots of stuff that interests me, but if you’re interested in seeing the rest check out SpeedHawaii for the full coverage.



Friday 2/11/11
February 13, 2011, 11:34 pm
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Brice and I went over to Justin’s house to help him tear apart the blown two liter 3tc that he had gotten his hands on. Justin and the Mad Scientist tore tore apart the block to salvage whatever parts they could, but the piston rings were fried (Fast and the Furious reference for extra points!). I mostly just slept in Brice’s Cressida.

Justin’s Hulk-like arms made quick work of engine.

The 3tc was freshly rebuilt with some pretty choice parts. ARP studs, extra capacity oil pan, new bearings and seals… All worthless when the stock rod decided to grenade itself and smash through the block.

But what happened to the missing chunks out of the con rod? We peeled off the oil pan to find the carnage… MMM milk and metal chunks!

SUCCESS!



Teaser
February 13, 2011, 3:18 am
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Security came to kick us out before I could break out my tripod so it’s a little blurry.

My two babies finally got to meet each other! It’s so weird finally driving my Z again. I’ve gotten used to the 510′s shot suspension, grinding transmission, booster-less brakes and tiny engine. I forgot how powerful the L28 is compared to the L16 and left Brice in the dust on an onramp. When we made a stop, my hands were literally shaking. I love my Z.

Over on the 510 camp, my friend who has a 620 is willing to part with his 4 speed transmission for $50! I’m losing the 5 speed dogleg, but it’s cheap and grind free. I might even buy his L20 to build on the side.

This weekend was/is all about the cars. Friday was a motor tear down on Justin’s old two liter 3TC, yesterday (Saturday) was Hellaflush and now I have to sleep to wake up for today’s events. Cars and Coffee at 8am, then at 11 am the Kyusha Kai Meet and Eat, hence the two Datsuns finally united.



Slow But Steady
February 9, 2011, 8:59 am
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Took off the foglights and rid the engine bay of a bunch of extra wires and junk lying around. The car still starts up so I haven’t pulled out anything that was important. When I have more free time, I’m planning on relocating the fuse box and relays into the cabin.

Pulled off the old Grant wheel with the sweet Hello Kitty horn button.

The final piece of the puzzle came in yesterday. A Nardi wheel to Momo Hub adapter. It feels like I’m missing something on the wheel though, as the trim ring and horn doesn’t want to snug in very tightly.



DRUNKEN 4AM BLOG UPDATE
January 22, 2011, 4:53 am
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Came home from my buddies bar at 4am…. Open up my mailbox… CHRISTMAS IN JANUARY!

I found out my old schoolmate Rod is not only living in Japan, he’s also running one of the BEST used JDM/Miata parts blog out there. He hooked me up with a 360mm wooden Nardi for cheap. Complete and in great condition for a fraction of what they usually sell for? Count me in. Ask him for what you’re looking for. He’s got more than just the 4×100 Miata offset, if you know what I mean.

In the background is a set of custom 2″ drop blocks with 2 degrees of correction and the U bolts, one of four 510 repair manuals I ordered from Amazon and my weather seal kit.

I CAN’T WAIT TILL I HAVE A DAY OFF!




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